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I joined Queen’s University Belfast in September 2023 as Professor of Thermofluids in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prior to this, I served as Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney and Professor of Aerospace Engineering. In this role I was responsible for defining and implementing the Faculty’s research strategy, alongside the Dean and Associate Dean External Engagement. I was involved in the design of the University of Sydney’s 2022-2032 institutional strategy and worked regularly with the senior leadership of the University. I led the initiation, development and implementation of the Faculty of Engineering’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategy and was a core member of the University-wide team who delivered the successful Athena Swan Bronze Award. Prior to the University of Sydney, I held a lecturer position at Cranfield University where I was Course Director for the MSc in CFD, and worked in the Aerothermodynamics department at the European Space Research Technology Centre (ESTEC).

My research group focuses on fundamental challenges in flow, turbulence and combustion, attracting several million pounds of research funding from both research councils and industry. Our key contributions have been in the development of accurate and fast governing models and numerical methods for unsteady, turbulent flows. Once developed, we apply these approaches to deliver insight into complex flows ranging from rotorcraft to scramjets, wind turbines to platooning vehicles.  In recognition of the outstanding contribution and impact on the Aeronautical Community, I was elected as Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2021


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